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What is OSINT?

Any information on an individual or organisation that may be lawfully obtained from free, public sources is referred to as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). CryptoMize provide OSINT service that is fast and reliable as we automate OSINT using AI and ML.

Media

Information is not always text-based; it may be in the form of videos, webinars, public speeches, and conferences.

Scope

OSINT is not confined to cybersecurity alone, but also includes corporate, commercial, and military intelligence.

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OSINT in Cyber Security

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) offers enormous potential. When used correctly, it can provide genuine insights into the world around you.
  • In Security
  • Helps security professionals assess risk and better protect their organization from advanced persistent threats.
  • In Ethical Hacking
  • Aids in the discovery of digital footprints in various cybersecurity assessments like penetration testing, red teaming, threat intelligence, and so on.
  • In Black-Hat Hacking
  • Gathers information about their target in order to find potentially weak or useful entry points to obtain data or identify a roadmap to construct an attack plan.
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Importance of Open Source Intelligence

Cyber Security

To uncover vulnerabilities in apps, networks and social engineering campaigns to test security awareness drives.

Due Diligence

To ensure that nothing will derail the business and show you a road forward that the other party may not be aware of.

Legal Cases

Can help to answer inquiries, offer background information, and identify evidence when working on legal matters.

Misinformation

It assists in determining where incorrect information is originating from and why it is being passed forward.
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How Can OSINT Help You ?

OSINT can assist companies in detecting when sensitive company information is discussed or published on dark web message boards or forums, allowing security teams to investigate breaches and learn about the vulnerability hackers may have exploited to gain access to the information.

We provide complete evidence based on all information available in cyberspace, whether you are looking to clear up some personal issues, research your competition, or gather more data to support your business decisions. Our investigators will provide complete evidence based on all information available in cyberspace.
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Our Approach

Source Identification

The OSINT process starts by identifying potential sources of information, detailing them in and then organizing them to ease future searches.

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Data Harvesting

A security analyst uses social media, search engines, OSINT tools, deep and dark web to gather information about possible threats.

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Data Processing

Our security analysts process the harvested information to extract insights on IP addresses, network routing protocols, and access privileges.

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Data Analysis

The OSINT analyst uses OSINT technologies to collect data and analyse it to identify enemy existence and activity.

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Data Integration

We process all the relevant information you need and organize it neatly into a single report to help you with decision-making.

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Result Delivery

Once the OSINT has been analyzed, it is summarized and distributed to the intended recipients.

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PROCEDURE

Our Process

We use 3 different methods to collect the required information. First, passive which includes collecting data via publicly available resources. Second, semi passive which involves sending internet traffic to targets in order to acquire information and lastly, active which refers to using advanced techniques to harvest technical data of the target.

Discover

We start with the knowledge or resource we have and define requirements.

Research

Next we work on compiling and analysing the gathered information.

Validation

We put assumptions to test which is a critical determinant factor.

Report

We provide you with a final report of value at the conclusion phase .

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Our Services

Dark Web Intelligence

We collect and process data available in publicly accessible sources on the Dark Web.

Third Party Intelligence

Analysis of material is done which is collected by people instead of machines.

Fraud Intelligence

Collection of data that will help you identify, prevent, or mitigate fraud is carried out.

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Dark Web Intelligence

Dark Web or Deep Web Intelligence is an intelligence gathering method used by organizations to retrieve relevant information from the Deep Web. The Deep Web consists of all the information on the internet that is not linked through conventional search engines.
  • We monitor the dark web for upcoming cyber attacks and help locate your stolen data if it has been stolen.
  • We work for you, ensuring that all of your interactions and transactions are conducted in the strictest confidence.
  • Learn about emerging or imminent threats, as well as any potential data exposure, before anyone else.
  • Special covert projects that necessitate extensive engagement and asset recovery is where we excel and achieve success.

Third Party Intelligence

Third-party intelligence is precision security intelligence provided by CryptoMize that lowers overall risk by providing real-time insights about vendors and partner companies that comprise your business ecosystem — such as vulnerable technologies, domain abuse, threat targeting the organisation and more.

Real-time alerts on company risk indicators instantly notify third-party risk management teams when a vendor encounters a problem. It allows them to take swift and decisive action to resolve the situation. Evidence-based risk scores for every company makes deep analysis simple, that allows procurement teams to strengthen due diligence while also empowering teams to continuously understand and mitigate the risks associated with doing business with a provider.
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Fraud Intelligence

Managing fraud can take a lot of time and resources. The CryptoMize Fraud Intelligence Service changes by making it simple to reduce roaming and interconnect fraud. At initial stage, the intelligence is updated in real time and then we:
  • Make reports based on the type of fraud that has occurred.
  • Curate the information using straightforward filters.
  • Create your own fraud labels to go along with your current fraud strategy.
  • Cost savings are one benefit of fraud intelligence, but so are process savings.
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Benefits for Choosing Us

Preventing Exploitation

When clients receive timely and accurate information about their accounts, they are better protected against data breaches, security threats, and fraud.

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Improved Approach

To assist consumers in making strategic decisions, our intelligence assessment provides them with information on risks, opportunities, and weaknesses.

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Improve Your Performance

By utilising our Intelligence Services, your company will be able to stay one step ahead of potential threats and hence function more effectively overall.

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Our Aim

Keeping you one step ahead of your competitors is CryptoMize's mission. We gather, analyze, and provide you with timely intelligence and counterintelligence related information so that you can make informed decisions to protect yourself and your organization from any type of attack.
CryptoMize uses cutting edge Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) tools and techniques to gather, process, and analyze data from a variety of open-source information repositories. This data is then delivered to our clients as actionable intelligence reports. The result is a service that provides more accurate information, faster than any other alternative on the market.
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FAQ'S

Frequently Asked Questions

OSINT is a collection of various intelligence gathering disciplines, which are used in support of information security. The basic methodologies and concepts used for gathering and analyzing information that has been gathered from public or non-protected sources. The term OSINT can also be interpreted as "Open Source Intelligence," but the term has been used in such a way that it is now an acronym for Open Source Information.
OSINT is information that comes from publicly available sources, such as:
• News media and social media
• Radio and TV broadcasts
• Print media, trade journals, industry publications and other advertising materials
• The Internet and all its resources: websites, online forums and blogs, pictures and videos posted by users on social media sites (such as YouTube)
• Specialized documents, such as government documents (classified or not), military manuals and private organizational documents (including membership rosters)
• Geodata (maps).

Active, semi-passive, and passive strategies are all used to acquire OSINT, with each method having its own advantages. The decision to choose one over the other is based on the situation and the kind of intelligence that you are interested in learning about.
By default, passive collection should be used by most OSINT gathering methods because the primary goal of OSINT gathering is to gather information about the target through publicly available resources.

Active Collection - Active collection is the most common type of collection used when collecting OSINT intelligence.

Semi-passive - This method of data collection is more technical in nature, and it involves sending internet traffic to target servers in order to gain general information about them. In order to avoid attracting any notice to your reconnaissance actions, this traffic should look and behave like regular internet traffic. In this manner, you are not doing an in-depth study of the target's web resources, but are instead conducting a light inquiry without raising any alarms inside the organisation you are researching instead.

Activate Collection - In this type of collection, you interact directly with the system in order to gather intelligence about it. However, because the person or entity collecting information will use advanced techniques to harvest technical data about the target IT infrastructure such as accessing open ports, scanning for vulnerabilities (such as unpatched Windows systems), scanning web server applications, and more, the target may become aware of the reconnaissance process. In the target's intrusion detection system (IDS) or intrusion prevention system (IPS), this traffic will seem to be unusual behaviour, and it will almost certainly leave traces on the system (IPS).

There are a variety of different organisations that might benefit from open-source information. I'll mention a few of them below and discuss what drives each of them to acquire open-source intelligence.

Government - Governmental organisations, particularly military agencies, are often regarded as the greatest consumers of operational intelligence (OSINT). National security, counterterrorism, terrorist cyber tracking, understanding domestic and international public opinion on various subjects, supplying policymakers with necessary information to influence their internal and external policies, and exploitation of foreign media in order to obtain translations of various events are just a few of the many uses for OSINT that governments have.
International Organizations
- Organizations such as the United Nations (UN) employ OSINT to assist peacekeeping activities all over the world. Humanitarian organisations, such as the International Red Cross, rely on operational intelligence (OSINT) to assist them in their relief activities during times of catastrophe or crisis. They employ OSINT information to defend their supply chain from terrorist organisations by analysing social media sites and internet chat sites in order to forecast future terrorist acts and so secure their supply chain.

Businesses - Information is power, and businesses utilise OSINT to study new markets, monitor the actions of their rivals, plan marketing campaigns, and foresee anything that might have an impact on their operations or jeopardise their future development. Businesses also utilise OSINT intelligence for non-financial goals, most notably to combat data leakage. OSINT sources from both outside and inside the organisation are analysed and combined with other information to produce an effective cyber-risk management policy that assists the company in protecting its financial interests, reputation, and customer base.

Security and cybercrime organisations - Open source intelligence (OSINT) is used widely by hackers and penetration testers to collect information about a given target online. It is also regarded as a significant instrument for assisting in the execution of social engineering operations. Recognition is the initial part of any penetration testing technique, and it is the most important phase (in other words, with OSINT).

Criminal Organizations - Criminal organisations use OSINT to plan attacks, collect information about targets before attacking them (for example, using Google Maps to investigate locations), groom fighters by analysing social media sites, obtain military information accidentally revealed by governments (such as how to construct bombs), and spread their propaganda.

Information obtained from open sources can be used as evidence. It is critical that practitioners get accurate information and document their activities even if they do not expect the documents to be used as evidence. Even if they had no intention of doing so, the material collected using OSINT could be used in court later.

Incorporating the appropriate OSINT tool into a company's security strategy can help to improve cybersecurity by assisting in the discovery of information about the company, its employees, its information technology assets, and other confidential or sensitive data that could be exploited by an attacker. It is possible to decrease anything from phishing to denial-of-service assaults by first discovering the information and then concealing or deleting it from view.
After that, in no particular order, we'll go over some of the most popular open source intelligence (OSINT) tools, what areas of expertise they specialise in, why they're unique and different from one another, and what specific value they can potentially provide in support of an organization's cyber security efforts.
Some of the important OSINT tools are:

Maltego
Mitaka
SpiderFoot
Spyse
BuiltWith
Intelligence X
DarkSearch.io
Grep.app
Recon-ng
theHarvester
Shodan
Metagoofil
Searchcode
SpiderFoot
Babel X

OSINT is critical in maintaining control over the information pandemonium. IT is required to perform three critical duties within OSINT, and a broad variety of OSINT tools has been created to assist in meeting those requirements.. The majority of tools are capable of doing all three duties, however several are particularly good in one area.

1. Identifying assets that are visible to the public

One of their most prevalent functions is assisting IT teams in identifying publicly accessible assets and mapping the information that each asset holds that might contribute to a possible attack surface. Aside from looking for things like software vulnerabilities and doing penetration testing, they don't generally attempt to do anything else. Their primary responsibility is to document any information that might be publicly discovered about or about firm assets without resorting to hacking.

2. Explore resources outside of the organisation to find relevant information

Some OSINT systems also perform a secondary role, which is the search for relevant information outside of an organisation, such as in social media postings or at domains and places that may be outside of a tightly defined network. Businesses that have acquired a large number of companies, bringing with them the information technology assets of the companies they have acquired, may find this function to be quite valuable. Given the enormous expansion and popularity of social media, searching for sensitive information outside of the corporate boundary is likely to be beneficial for almost any organisation, regardless of industry.

3. Organize the newly acquired material into a usable way

Finally, certain OSINT technologies can assist in compiling and organising all of the material that has been gathered into meaningful and actionable intelligence. If you do an OSINT scan for a major business, you might expect to get hundreds of thousands of results, particularly if you include both internal and external assets. Being able to put all of that information together and deal with the most critical issues first may be really beneficial.

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